Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Pursuit

Lenny has been obsessing over Toothy critters for some time now, especially Musky. He has tied about 500 flies, watched every youtube video with the word "Musky" in the title, and pounded the banks with a sinking line for almost 2 summers now. Well it finally paid off, Saturday morning Gavin, Lenny and I floated the lower section of the Schuylkill River, where I caught my musky last year. We had 3 follows, but I had to get to work, instead of just calling it a day, I offered up my rig, trailer, truck and all so Gav and Lenny could hit it again.

Well they decided to float the upper section, it was a while into the float when Lenny's fly disappeared next to a huge cluster of dead trees along the bank. Before Lenny could do anything a large Tiger Musky exploded out of the river. (This is how I imagined it, after Lenny told me the story.) Ill let the pictures tell the rest of the story.   

Schuylkill River Tiger Musky

Lenny's nicely tied Musky Fly, right were it should be

Way to go Buddy!
Thanks Gavin for the photos.

More Delaware Photos

Here are a few more photos from Joey and Henry's cameras enjoy!

Thanks Guys

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Delaware TCO Team Meeting

If someone would have told me, this years fishing would top last years, I would have to call bull on that. As we loaded the boat onto the trailer with headlamps shining, I looked back at the river and just smiled, its trips like this that make me love that river. Conditions were borderline not even worth fishing that day, but after being run back to the car only 1/4 mile down river from a fast moving thunderstorm, we couldn't have asked for a better day. With times of zero visibility and torrential down pours, we were sure the bugs just wouldn't come back, boy were we wrong.

Waiting for Joey to send me the rest from his camera.

Having everyone together is always a good time, Saturday night George and Paul, met Lenny, Joey, and I at the bar, beers, food, and then back to the cabin for more beers. Hmm the thought of fishing the next morning around 9:30 that night seemed like a good one, around 2:00am maybe not so much. After our company meeting, we were all in waders walking the banks for rising fish faster than you could, well it was fast. It was another great night with Lenny doing big things landing a solid 22+ brown on a sz. 20 sulphur. Nice Dude!

Lenny capturing George with a beauty!

Lenny with his Delaware PIG

When our meetings were over Monday it was an immediate repeat of the day before, this time we had more time. The boat went in, with Lenny and his pontoon not far behind. This time I'm just going to let the pictures tell the story.

Yeah they loved the Tux

Joey with an awesome West Branch Brown Trout 

This picture should tell you all you need to know 

Photo evidence  

Even when it was dark the fog was still thick

One last thing... I got to test the New Winston BIIIX SX, this is going to be replacing the BII MX, it is an awesome rod, very powerful, with a deeper action than the MX. The 5wt is a great dry fly rod, and when it gets too dark to see your sz. 20 dry, cut that leader back and throw a streamer at the bank. It can handle it. More details to come.

Hot Flies: CDC Sulphur, CDC BWO, Iso Emerger, Sulphur Emerger, TUX

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Trout? What the Hell is a Trout

I have been dug in so deep with smallmouth and the pursuit of Musky this summer that I can't remember the last time I trout fished...

I love bass fishing but there is just something to be said about a 20'+ Brown trout rising to a dry fly. These are not 20" fish, but they are some beautiful wild browns Joey and I stumbled upon one night while exploring another small trout stream, on the outskirts of Reading PA.

On another note, this weekend is our TCO Team meeting up on the West Branch, Joey, Paul, George and I (and maybe Lenny), are heading up Saturday to get a jump on the fishing. I'm hoping to have a nice photo story for you guys when I get back. Until then Here is a recap of last years Team meeting. Enjoy!